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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA 24551
+1 434-534-8120
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Outstanding Historic Property

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Poplar Forest is Thomas Jefferson's personal retreat and plantation located in Forest, Virginia. It is one of only two homes that Mr. Jefferson designed and built for his own use.
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  • Average4%
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1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA 24551
+1 434-534-8120
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Reviewed yesterday

I had missed Poplar Forest on a previous visit and really looked forward to visit. Delivered on all expectations. This is a unique historic property and if you have any interest in Thomas Jefferson, architecture, landscape design, the plantation economy and how it depended on...More

Thank susanmassachusetts
Reviewed 2 days ago

Camp David is the presidential retreat. However, long before Dwight Eisenhower had Camp David constructed Thomas Jefferson had established a presidential retreat in Virginia. Clearly a "hidden gem" for travelers, this home offers a fascinating companion/comparison to Monticello, Jefferson's better known home. The reconstruction of...More

Thank Randy L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A bit of a drive but a great reward awaits. Our guide explained the history of the house, how subsequent owners modified it and now how it is being restored to what it was like in Jefferson's time. Seeing the actual restoration work being done...More

Thank Calophyny
Reviewed 6 days ago

This building and the surrounding grounds gives you the perspective of Jefferson the private man, rather than Jefferson the statesman. Monticello is far grander but this was his "private" retreat, so one gets a very different "feel" while visiting. The docent was so knowledgeable that...More

Thank TC1Camper
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My husband and I visited here this week, I'm amazed that we've lived in the area 30 years and haven't come before. I do wish we had seen it when they first started the restoration and then had something to compare it to, but what...More

Thank Cindylou60
Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's secluded second home, this past weekend. It was a great time to visit as the property grounds were in full bloom and this sits in a beautiful area of the state amidst rolling countryside. The home is in the...More

Thank RichmondBoy_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened on to Poplar Forest more by accident, and had been unaware of this residence owned and used by Jefferson. It is an architecturally interest as well as telling about Jefferson. The surrounding area has houses, but they are not visible so it has...More

Thank UpstateExplorer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visitors need to understand that this is a work in progress! The facilities and programs lack the polish of Monticello, but that is okay. I look forward to returning in a few years when more restoration is completed. The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable....More

Thank Janine H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great historical place to visit. Thomas Jefferson had to be different, a man before his time. The house is still being restored. They are doing a great job. Our tour guide was wonderful. Take the time to read the letter from his cook in the...More

Thank needabrakk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Step back in time to Thomas Jefferson's getaway home! Poplar Forest is a lovely couple of hours of beauty and education. Great docents will take you on a guided tour and then turn you loose to tour the grounds. The house is still under restoration,...More

Thank Ben S
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Jane H
19 April 2017|
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Response from USCGRetired | Reviewed this property |
I have an RV too, I would suggest coming in to Poplar Forest the 'back way' through the neighborhood off of Waterlick Road. Mind the overhanging trees though! The main road is pretty narrow. There are two gravel parking... More
6 July 2016|
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Response from bill20 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, but Jefferson was meticulous in keeping records...if the wonderful guides at Poplar Forest were not able to assist you, I would check Monticello and online for Jefferson's writings..
Marcia M
19 June 2016|
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Response from 3Eagles | Reviewed this property |
the house tour is about 45 minutes, depending on the guide and how many questions are asked by participants. Also tours are done on specific times so you may have to wait for the next tour. Fortunately, there is a self... More